Devil's Dyke viewpoint - Saddlescombe, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Becktracker
N 50° 53.042 W 000° 12.775
30U E 696040 N 5640629
Quick Description: The Devil's Dyke offers a great viewpoint in the South Downs
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/26/2021 3:57:45 AM
Waymark Code: WM14640
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
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Long Description:

"We are at Devil’s Dyke, sitting on a hill at the top of the South Downs. The artist John Constable declared this spot ‘the grandest view in the world’. Vast views over the Sussex Weald ensure Devil’s Dyke is a popular place to walk, rest and play. Nearby, three information boards and a talking telescope illustrate local landmarks. Outside the Devil’s Dyke Hotel, the car park is full and the balcony teems with al fresco drinkers. Many have travelled inland from Brighton to see this view. But we are about to leave. Millar explains: ‘Most people who come here never actually visit Devil’s Dyke itself. It’s a shame because going into the actual dyke uncovers the story behind this beautiful scenery.’

To reach the dyke, we turn away and join a bush-lined road. Millar leads the way to a bench beyond, where we take in a spectacular landscape. Devil’s Dyke is Britain’s deepest, widest, and longest dry valley. Its perfect V-shape unfurls below for just over half a mile. The dyke’s size has encouraged many myths. One story goes that it formed when the devil tried to flood the Weald’s many churches. While digging a trench towards the sea, he awoke an old woman. When she lit a candle to investigate, the devil abandoned his trench and fled. "
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Becktracker visited Devil's Dyke viewpoint - Saddlescombe, UK 10/5/2018 Becktracker visited it